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Saturday February 17, 2001Softball Loses 2-1 & 6-0 to Baylor in Home Tourney

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida softball team lost 2-1 and 6-0 to Baylor Saturday and will face Belmont Sunday at 10 a.m. in the consolation game of the University Centre Hotel Invitational at the Florida Softball Stadium.

UF (6-3) was seeded third, and Baylor (11-4) was the No. 2 Seed in the late game. The Bears play Chattanooga (5-3) at 12:30 p.m. for the championship.

The Gators gave up runs in the first, third and fifth innings and went through all three of their pitchers while trying to figure out a hot Baylor offense. Baylor recorded 12 hits, the most against UF this year. Catcher Ryan Stukel was 4-for-4 with two runs, while batting in the three-hole. The two through four hitters combined were 9-for-12 with five runs. Six of Baylor's hits were against sophomore Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway). Michael (2-1) received the loss and gave up two runs (one earned).

The Gators' offense improved from earlier in the day in terms of hits. UF had three players with two hits each and nine as a team.

"We had great at-bats," Coach Karen Johns said. "And our defense improved. Jenilee Garner made two phenomenal plays in right field. They had momentum. Our hats off to them…they had a great game. We were pressing."

In the first game, Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) led off the third with a single. Sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) drove in the freshman with a double to left center. But, it was the only time the Gators capitalized on a scoring opportunity. UF squandered a bases loaded situation in the first. Baylor's Sarah Caudle walked the first three Gators, but got out of the inning with a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a groundout. Overall, UF stranded nine runners, seven in scoring position.

UF held onto that lead until the top of sixth. Caudle drew a walk and was sacrificed over to second. A throwing miscue from shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boynton Beach, Fla./Florida Southern) allowed the run. First baseman Colleen Bordages, who reached on the error, eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) went five and two-thirds innings before allowing the runs. She gave up four hits, two walks and struck out one. Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) came in relief. She fanned one in one and a third innings.

"We're still finding our way," Johns said. "We've had moments of brilliance. But, we can't put it all together."

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